Publisher: Globalization and Health 2014, 10:73; Carlos Bruen, Ruairí Brugha, Angela Kageni and Francis Wafula
Accountability in global health is a commonly invoked though less commonly questioned concept. Critically reflecting on the concept and how it is put into practice, this paper focuses on the who, what, how, and where of accountability, mapping its defining features and considering them with respect to real-world circumstances. Changing dynamics in global health cooperation – such as the emergence of new health public-private partnerships and the formal inclusion of non-state actors in policy making processes – provides the backdrop to this discussion.
In mapping some defining features, accountability in global health cooperation is shown to be a complex problem not necessarily reducible to one set of actors holding another to account. Clear tensions are observed between multi-stakeholder participatory mode...
Publisher: All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on HIV and AIDS
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on HIV and AIDS announced in February 2014 that it was going to conduct an inquiry into access to HIV treatment in low and middle income countries (LMICs). The purpose of the inquiry was to investigate barriers to the access of HIV treatment in LMICs and to provide an update of The Treatment Timebomb report, which was produced by the APPG on HIV and AIDS in 2009.
An Action Agenda to End AIDS, launched by amfAR and AVAC at the 2012 International AIDS Conference, outlined key actions that need to be taken in 2012–2016 to lay the foundation to end the AIDS pandemic. In launching the Action Agenda, amfAR and AVAC pledged to use the framework as a monitoring mechanism to enhance accountability in the AIDS response.
In this update, amfAR and AVAC take stock of global progress towards ending the AIDS epidemic and lay out an agenda for improving accountability through better data collection.